Your agent thinks that the wily Sheridan is trying to cause trouble.
He speaks below:
A basic problem with this situation is that the public and media do not have all the facts.
From what I remember reading, the federal Conservatives approached Melnyk with the idea for a Parliament Hill game, with an attendance model of 6,000. I believe that Melnyk was agreeable to that idea. But then, we had a change of government with the Liberals. What has been their attitude?
And then, added to this mix is the NHL top brass, which has the ultimate say in whether, and where, a game takes place. Was the NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman demanding that any outdoor game require a certain level of attendance, say 30,000? Does Bettman really care about where the Heritage Classic is played (e.g. Ottawa or Montreal), as long as the League gets paid? These outdoor games are cash cows for the NHL, and do not enrich the host team.
A game on Parliament Hill would have been unique. One at TD Place would be just like any other stadium game in the NHL. So why the media hysteria? If you want to celebrate hockey in the Nation’s Capital, in 2017, then attend a Sens game at the CTC, especially a match against another Canadian NHL team. At the CTC you can enjoy a hockey game without having to worry about getting frostbite or missing plays because the puck is impossible to see from the football stands.
Yes, we have NHL hockey in Ottawa thanks to Eugene Melnyk. Support his team and the future security of that team, planning to move to the LeBreton Flats.
That brings me to the discussion of the Sens proposed new downtown (LeBreton Flats) arena, namely: how much money is the city willing to pay for its construction? We know how much money the city has paid for the construction and renovation of TD Place, so will the same happen for the Sens new arena? LeBreton Flats is going to be a mix of sport, commercial and residential buildings, similar to Lansdowne. So what is Mayor Jim Watson’s argument for denying Rendez-Vous Lebreton any city funding?
Sue Sherring is all for dictating to Melnyk how he must deliver an outdoor game at TD Place. But where does Sherring stand on city funding for the Sens new arena?
Lastly, Sue Sherring would be better off writing about why the city is spending $6-million on Ottawa 2017 parties instead of some lasting legacy project (like the renovation of the Prince of Wales Bridge). Again, this 150th celebration is supposed to be about Canada (Confederation), and therefore it should not be focused on: Ottawa 2017; Watson 2017; or Lansdowne 2017.
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